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An intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho.

Bomb-blasted London. A Soho den in the hangover from World War II, where members drink into the darkness, night after night. Lying, fighting and seducing, these lost souls and bruised lovers struggle from the rubble of war towards an unknown future.

3 videos 16 images
Rodney Ackland
Joe Hill-Gibbins
Jon Clark
Paul Arditti
Lizzie Clachan
Movement by Jenny Ogilvie
Nicky Gillibrand
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Music director is Harvey Brough

Lyttelton Theatre, National

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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It was a fringe rediscovery of this 1952 play at Richmond's Orange Tree in 1988 that reignited interest in this neglected play, and led directly to a famous 1991 TV version, directed by Antony Page and starring Judi Dench as the landlady of a Soho drinking club in 1945 Britain. Page subsequently directed Dench in the play's stage return to the National in 1995, and now it gets its second NT... Read more

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